Review: Beelink GTI11 Mini PC

Deepak Gupta June 20, 2022
Updated 2022/06/20 at 12:35 PM

Never has an ultra-compact computer, or Mini PC, made so much sense to serve as a “fixed computer at home”. When portability isn’t important, using a Mini PC has advantages on many levels compared to a tower.

Today we bring you the analysis of one of the fastest Mini PC models that Beelink offers in its showcase, the Beelink GTI11.

It’s not because it’s a Mini PC that the Beelink GTI11 has mini features. Quite the opposite.

In this GTI11 you can expect an Intel Core i5 11 series CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, 500 GB of internal storage on an SSD drive with NVMe, 2 Gigabit LAN ports, WiFi 6 and a biometric reader! Yes, such a compact box can house a very complete, fast and competent work machine for the overwhelming majority of tasks that you want to take away from a home computer.

The advantages of this type of format range from the ease of storage and organization (possibility of placing it behind a monitor in the hole for VESA mounts), to the simplicity of use, low energy consumption, balanced price, the possibility of easily transporting it to another location, between others.

General features

The Beelink GTI11 is available with the Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, with 16GB of Dual-Channel DDR4 RAM (upgradable) and with 500GB of SSD storage (upgrade or add). Apart from that, it has an integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics GPU, Wi-Fi: 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, Dual LAN GBit (1 Gbit + 2.5 Gbit), biometric sensor (for fingerprint) and brings Windows 10 installed, upgradable to Windows 11.

As for RAM and storage expansion, it has 2 DDR4 slots and comes with 2 8GB modules. However, it supports up to a maximum of 64 GB of RAM, using 2 modules of 32 GB. As for storage, in addition to the 500 GB M.2 2280 module provided, it has another M.2 2280 SATA slot, supporting up to a maximum of 2 TB.

There is also a 2.5″ SSD bay available on an internal SATA interface.

The box includes:

  • Beelink GTI11 Mini PC
  • Power adapter 19V/3A 57W with European plug
  • Support for VESA adaptation + screws
  • 2 HDMI cables (different sizes)
  • Quick Instruction Manual

full specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7 (2.4GHz, burst 4.7GHz)
  • GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
  • ROM: 500 GB (Kingston SSD M.2 NVMe)
  • Operating system: Windows 10, upgrade to Windows 11 available
  • HDMI: 2.0
  • DisplayPort: 1.4
  • WiFi:: 802.11ax Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  • LAN:: Dual 2.5 Gbit
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • USB: 4x USB 3.0; 2x USB 2.0; 1x USB Type-C
  • Audio: 3.5mm jack / HDMI 2.0 multichannel
  • Dimensions and weight: 39 x 168 x 120 mm, 575 g
  • Price: €599
  • more info

design

The Beelink GTI11 Mini PC has a simplistic and fit-for-purpose design. The structure is in aluminum, with acrylic on the top cover, where the brand’s logo is placed with an integrated green LED (power on) and the biometric sensor in the lower right area.

On the front there is the Power button (with LED) and the CLR CMOS button, to restore the BIOS settings.

As for connection interfaces, on the front it has 2 USB A 3.0 ports, a jack for sound and microphone, and a USB C port. HDMI and DisplayPort (supports 2 displays simultaneously), 2 USB A 3.0 ports and 2 USB A 2.0 ports. Still on the back, in the upper area, there are the air outlets for the 2 heatsink fans.

On the sides there are only openings to allow air circulation, with perforations on both sides and the inscription GI5 (from GTI Intel Core i5, as there is also GR7 from GTI Ryzen 7). At the bottom there is only the product inscription and serial number, the hole for the VESA adapter support and rubber feet.

Performance

On a computer with a price of around €600, we can already consider that we can expect good performance, adequate for most tasks. The processor integrated in the GTI11 is low consumption, aimed at portable computers, and only in this way is it possible to fit it into this very small box, ensuring that it does not overheat and that it achieves good energy consumption.

This GTI11 was used for a few days, mostly in the browser (Google Chrome) but also in video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro) and some games. It proved capable not only of being quite fast at work, but also satisfactory graphics performance in some games.

I remind you that we are talking about an Intel CPU of the 11 series, with a maximum clock speed of 4.2 GHz, 16 DDR4 RAM dual channel 3.2 GHz, integrated graphics Intel Iris Xe Graphics and SSD NVMe drive. With this, a good part of the games that are half a dozen years old should run without problems.

Several benchmarks were also performed, so that you can have a term of comparison regarding the performance of your computer.

  • 3D Mark:
  • PCMark:
    • PCMark 10: 4779
    • PCMark 10 Storage: 1722
  • Geekbench 5
  • Crystal DiskMark 8.0.4

For the most enthusiast, they can also count on a fully unlocked BIOS, presenting even more options than some motherboards with BIOS intended for gaming/modding.

verdict

If you are looking for a computer essentially for work, but not only, with a good part of the current technologies on the market (and more recent in the case of connectivity), the Beelink GTI11 Mini PC it’s a computer to take into account. The advantage of being able to place it easily suspended behind a monitor makes it very practical and with great advantages in terms of storage. A plus point for the design.

The 11th generation Intel i5 CPU, with 16 GB of dual-channel RAM, NVMe SSD drive and good technology for communication and video output, give you plenty of scope for use in various scenarios. The integrated graphics card Intel Iris Xe Graphics performs very satisfactorily with games released about half a dozen years ago, thus dispensing with a computer with a dedicated graphics card to play hundreds of titles you love so much. It is worth mentioning that it supports 3 displays with 4K resolution simultaneously, using the HDMI, DisplayPort and USB C ports.

In terms of communication interfaces, the technologies available for Wi-Fi (802.11ax AX201) and ethernet (1 Gbit + 2.5 Gbit) are very welcome and allow us to guarantee the continuity of use for many years to come. About the biometric sensor, it works as expected.

Allows you to easily upgrade memory and storage. Although it has the 2 RAM slots already occupied (which can go from 2x 8GB to 2x 32GB), it has a free M.2 SATA socket and a SATA connection with a 2.5″ bay also available.

As mentioned, the BIOS is fully unlocked, giving enthusiasts plenty of scope to be entertained.

As a less positive aspect, I point out the performance of the CPU’s active heatsink. Even though it is noisy at maximum speed, the biggest problem I identify is the frequent way it reacts to temperature variations and, consequently, changes speed. That is, the fan frequently changes speed, between 4 or 5 speeds, during normal tasks. Hopefully it will be a point to consider in an upcoming BIOS upgrade by the brand.

Pplware thanks Beelink for providing the Beelink GTI11 Mini PC for review.

Beelink GTI11

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